Treasury Wine Estates Ltd (ASX: TWE) shares didn’t pop today after reporting its half year result to 31 December 2018.
Treasury Wines is a world-leader in wine making and brand marketing with some 13,000 hectares of vineyards available and around 3,400 employees across 70 countries. Some of its more popular brands include Lindeman’s, Penfolds, Pepperjack, Rosemount, Yellowglen and Wolf Blass.
What Treasury Wine Reported
Treasury Wine Estates said that its net sales revenue (NSR) increased by 16% to $1.5 billion, and it was an increase of 13% in constant currency terms. According to the company, this was the strongest organic growth rate in the company’s history.
The company’s EBITS grew by 19% to $338.3 million and the EBITS margin improved by 0.5% to 22.4% (click here to learn what EBIT means, the S stands for SGARA).
Net profit after tax increased by 17% to $219.2 million and earnings per share (EPS) grew by 19% to 30.5 cents.
The wine company said it delivered EBITS growth in all regions through volume growth, portfolio ‘premiumisation’ and price realisation.
The Asian segment did particularly well with Asian EBITS growing by 31% to $153.1 million and an EBITS margin of 38.9%, which is much higher than the rest of the business. Treasury Wine also said that its execution of the US route-to-market transition was “progressing well”.
Treasury Wine Dividend
Due to the growth in profit, the Treasury Wine Board decided to increase the dividend by 20% compared to a year ago.
Treasury Wine Management Comments
Treasury Wine Estates Chief Executive Officer Michael Clarke said: “Like in previous years, we’ve delivered on expectations while continuing to implement significant changes to the business and investing for future growth.”
Is Treasury Wine A Buy?
Treasury Wine re-iterated its guidance for FY19 of EBITS growth of around 25% and expects growth in FY20 of EBITS of between 15% to 20%, which it said was broadly in line with consensus.
Seeing as Treasury Wine expects to deliver what the market has predicted, there weren’t any surprises to see this time around.
I do think Treasury Wine looks like an interesting choice – as the Asian business gets bigger with its higher EBITS margin, that will bring up the profitability of the whole business. The fall of the share price by 10% over the last six months also provides better value. However, a slowdown in China could cause problems.
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